Over the past year, the UK battle-rap scene saw the decline of it’s most prominent and influential league- Don’t Flop, in what has been described as the “fall of the Rowan Empire”- (Battle Rap Resume). The downward spiral Don’t Flop has found itself in, left a big, gaping hole in the UK scene that used to be filled with insanely creative battles, massive personalities and a high-end production, leaving fans grasping at their snide GAP/RAP sweaters and crying into their #DFAFD snapbacks.
Step in CODE RED Culture, the new battle league set up by battler Danny Jaqq in partnership with others. Alongside Chalked Out, CODE RED have definitely slotted into the space left by Don’t Flop by using their experience from battling across platforms, brands and continents. Both CODE RED and Chalked Out have harnessed the elixir of life for battle leagues as their cards, branding, marketing and organisation are paying dividends! Chalked Out have had three very successful events since their inception from battlers Ambi, Frankie Phraser and former Don’t Flop Champion Shox The Rebel. With CODE RED building on the success and following of Training Days, it was always going to have to deal with the uncertainty of their first independently organised event.
On 20th January 2018 CODE RED’s first event “Launch Codes” pitched up in the Concrete Space in Shoreditch, London with a card stacked so deep it could sink the titanic! Check out trailer for the PPV of Launch Codes below-
Overall, the PPV was pretty sick. Most of the battles were solid, with some memorable punches and moments of insanity leaving me without an arse, as it was laughed off. Shout out’s to Dialect and Quill for some bonkers quotables. The cypher and perfomances at the end of the night looked like they went OFF! We were gutted we couldn’t be there in person but we made sure we caught up with CODE RED Don, Danny Jaqq, he had this to say-
“Launch Codes went as well as I imagined it would, if not better. Definitely the biggest challenge for us as a team as we didn’t have the Don’t Flop fan base or support. We were a new league entirely (at least to fans) so we were worried fans wouldnt turn up on time or not take our event as seriously as previous DF/Training Days events we had worked on. But they proved us so wrong by turning up even before I arrived. It was a great feeling and relief. Not only that but the venue was almost full by the 2nd or 3rd battle, which most of the battle community know is a rarity. The sense of excitement was present throughout the whole day. Everyone aware that this is a new direction, some even said THE new direction which blew my mind. The battles were great fun, besides a few stumbles but even with them, I have never seen a crowd erupt in cheers of support for a battler choking. It was amazing. We 100% have the best crowd on this planet and they made Launch Codes so special.
Code Red Culture could not have launched in a better way. We definitely kicked off 2018 right.”
CHECK OUT THE PPV RIGHT HERE: www.coderedculture.co.uk/ppv
“Amazing event, especially for a first one for a new league. Captured everything that’s so good about UK battle rap. Can’t decide between Dialect vs Frankie or Raptor vs Real Deal for BOTN but I genuinley can’t say there was one battle on the day that wasn’t entertaining. Big up you Code Red.”
“The whole day you really felt like you were part of something special. The staff ran the event so well and it really added to the atmosphere. The battlers all put on a show and the crowd were great. Big up code red.”
“It’s always great to see overseas artists coming over and put on a show with absolute passion and respect for the fans. I’m confident that Code Red will put the UK scene back on the map for fans from around the globe.”
“nah very well run event I’ve never been to an event that finished earlier than the time advertised which is a testament to how well the team schedule everything even with the impromptu cypher that started halfway through they still had time left. Everyone showed out and put on some sick battles such a friendly atmosphere. KXVU kept the crowd live all day spinning some absolute yoga flame. Very sick event.”
“As an einzelgänger who comes to an event from another country it felt amazing to be at this event. The Codered staff is very friendly & approachable.
Good battles overall & it was good to have internationals over, which is a smart move to gain more fans/supporters.
The DJ was amazing, I saw a lot of people rather stay inside than go outside during the breaks, cause the DJ was spinning fire all day. Live sets was a nice surprise & turned out very well. I recommend people who never have been to events before or go alone, to not feel any type of awkward, as most of the people are really friendly & make you feel welcome.”
“The DJ- KXVU needs a shout out in the article…dude shuts it down as always”
Check out the announcements for the next card in Birmingham 25/03/2018-